Laura Preskin couldn’t handle the sun burning her skin and the sticky clothing distracting her from her game on the court at Scarsdale Golf Club, so this busy suburban mom who loves to play tennis was inspired to create Yaffa activewear, which has now been featured as the premier brand for melanoma awareness on Tennis Warehouse, the largest online tennis clothing retailer.
Designed for women, by women, Yaffa’s mission is to merge function and style, meeting the ever-growing need for sun protective sports clothing. To ensure durability, flexibility and recovery of the garment, Yaffa’s clothes have high Lycra content so that players can feel comfortable even in scorching hot weather.
To meet the highest standard in sun protection, Yaffa independently tests their fabric for UPF 50, which means that they do 40 repeated washings to ensure the UPF 50 remains in the garments. Moreover, the tests are carried out in labs which meet the standards of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.
People often object that tennis apparel companies focus on sun-protective garments, while their designs show a lot of bare skin. Yaffa made sure to cover athletes as much as possible — the company’s most popular items are long-sleeved crop tops, joggers and sun poncho. Other designs that put sun protection front and center are long sleeves with hand protection, high-neck tanks, half zips and pants.
From white, to light pink and air blue to charcoal, Yaffa covers a big range of colors, while they also have separates in a tie-dye black-and-white print seen in this crop top and shorts.
Yaffa is based in Scarsdale, but is sold in over 150 country clubs and resorts across the United States, along with online platforms such as Tennis Warehouse.